Meet the Chamber Staff

Kim Smythe

President and Chief Executive Officer

A life-long career in marketing communications, event management, public relations, and government advocacy led Kim to a position on the Nanaimo Chamber Board of Directors, and shortly thereafter to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

His many contributions to our community and activity with non-profit organizations, cultural groups, and charities has allowed Kim to build strong relationships that follow diverse paths in the community. Kim’s connections and widespread relationships within the Nanaimo business community has led to many productive collaborations.

Today, Kim is utilizing these experiences to communicate with government, businesses, and the community to enhance opportunities, support a healthy local economy, and create an attractive environment to live, work and play.

Carly Cooke

Sales, Marketing, and Member Services

Carly joined the Chamber team in January 2020. She holds a Business Administration diploma and a Bachelor of Management degree, majoring in marketing. Additionally, for the past 10 years, she has been responsible for the marketing and branding of small to medium-sized businesses through to large enterprises.

She is passionate about her community and enjoys helping businesses succeed. Reach out to Carly if you are interested in joining the Chamber as a member, have questions about your membership, or if you would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 4

Roberta Bowman

Member Support & Services

Roberta joined the Chamber team in February 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English. Roberta brings with her Chamber experience, having worked with the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Board of Trade, as well as the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

Although Roberta is a newcomer to Nanaimo, she is excited about working with the business community. Reach out to Roberta if you have any questions about your membership.


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 0

Joanne Doyle

Accounting and Bookkeeping

Joanne joined the Chamber team in May 2019 as a part-time independent accounting contractor.  She has more than 30 years of financial and banking experience with a wide range of accounting expertise from working with a multi-company conglomerate to smaller entities, non-profits, and accounting firms.

Feel free to contact Joanne in regards to payment inquiries: payables, receivables, and any other bank related issues. She is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during regular business hours.


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 3

Lindsey Innes

Sales, Marketing and Member Services

Currently on Maternity Leave

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